Taylor spanks seniors with NJR 44.88sec clocking

Observer writer

Monday, June 25, 2018

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A sublime, scintillating 44.88 seconds National Junior Record by Christopher Taylor highlighted yesterday's final day of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium.

The Calabar High star justified his choice to run against the seniors, instead of the junior championships, and delighted the sparse crowd as he broke the three-year-old 44.93 seconds set by Ackeem Bloomfield.

The time also smashed his previous personal best 45.24 seconds set earlier this year at a meet in Guyana, and is tied for 45th of all time.

Taylor took charge of the race from the 200m mark and by the time they came off the curve he was ahead with only Demish Gaye is close quarters.

Gaye was second in 45.23 seconds, with Fitzroy Dunkley third in 45.77 seconds.

Gaye is likely to be selected to represent Jamaica in the first IAAF Athletics World Cup in London next month as Taylor is expected to be named to the team for the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, both taking place at the same time.

All the winners in the Senior Championships are expected to be selected for the World Cup to be held July 14-15.

Stephenie-Ann McPherson won the women's 400m, storming down the final 80 metres to win in 50.74 seconds, beating Christine Day (51.41 seconds), while Anastacia Leroy, who led early, was third in 52.00 seconds.

As they finished in the Commonwealth Games final in March, Ronald Levy won the men's 110m hurdles beating Hansle Parchment to the finish line.

Levy ran 13.16 seconds (-0.5m/s) to Parchment's 13.40 seconds, while former Commonwealth Games champion Andrew Riley took third in 13.53 seconds.

Commonwealth Games medallists Daniel Williams and Yanique Thompson staged a spirited battle in the women's 100m hurdles that was won by Williams in 12.63 seconds (0.6m/s) to 12.78 seconds.

Jeanine Williams was third in 12.94 seconds after setting a personal best 12.79 seconds (0/7m/s) in the semis earlier in the day.

Former Manchester High runner Jahnoy Thompson, running for Louisiana State University, was a surprise winner in the men's 200m, coming from behind late in the race to clock 20.21 seconds (0.2m/s).

Thompson trailed up to 160 metres, but finished strongly to get to the line ahead of Nigel Ellis, who was just off his personal best with 20.37 seconds, with 100m champion Tyquendo Tracey third in 20.51 seconds.

Shericka Jackson of MVP, who was third in the 100m, won the 200m, an event she is more accustomed to, in 22.28 seconds (0.4m/s), ahead of Sprintech's Shashalee Forbes (22.93 seconds) with Jodean Williams of UWI-Mona third in 23.53 seconds.

The Commonwealth Games silver medallist Shanieka Ricketts retained her triple jump title with a best jump of 14.39m in the first round as she secured her berth to the IAAF Athletics World Cup.

Jehvania Whyte of Northern Illinois was second with 13.10m and Shardia Lawrence of Kansas State took third with a best of 12.98m.

Former World Championships bronze medallist O'Dayne Richards threw a season's best 20.86m to win the men's shot put title.

Ashinia Miller, the top Jamaican this year with 20.93m, was second yesterday with 19.90m, while discus champion Fedric Dacres threw 18.51m in the final round to claim third place.

Kateema Riettie won yet another national title in the women's javelin with a mark of 51.52m, beating Ayesha Champagnie of the University of Minnesota with 49.55m, as Georgette Samuels of G C Foster finished third with 41.81m.

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